Couple charged with neglecting 2 children

By The Associated Press | MS Press

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A Jackson County couple has been charged with felony child deprivation.

The Mississippi Press reported that 23-year-old Jimmy Russell McLallen and 22-year-old Jessica Elaine McLallen were arrested Friday. Bond was set Monday at $10,000 each.

Sheriff Mike Byrd said a doctor called authorities on June 10 to report the couple’s 4-month-old girl and 14-month-old boy were possibly being neglected. State human services agents took the children and placed them with an aunt. Byrd said the baby was hospitalized for five days, but both children are now doing better.

Jackson County Judge Larry Wilson ordered the couple to have no contact with the children.

The charge carries up to five years in prison.